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The Knights Templar School

Headteacher: Park Street

Mr T. Litchfield, G.G.S.M. Baldock



Email: admin@ktemplar.herts.sch.uk Tel: 01462 620700

www.ktemplar.herts.sch.uk Fax: 01462 620701

PARENTAL WEEKLY UPDATE – 26th May 2016 (available on our website) Dear Parents and Carers It has been a real honour to work with our Head Girl, Head Boy, Deputy Head Girl and Deputy Head Boy – they are all wonderful young people who have given so much to the school not just over the last year, but in all of the 7 years they have been at KTS. We have met every Monday morning to discuss student issues and the organisation of the some of our big events. They have all represented themselves and their school incredibly well and are a real credit to themselves and the school. I wish them well as they leave to take their exams. I am sure they will be very successful in everything they do. This picture was taken this week during our last meeting – please note that Barney and Matt are wearing their 6th form leavers hoodies and not their usual business uniform!!

Back Row: Barney Taylor (Head Boy), Mr Litchfield, Matthew Dyne (Deputy Head Boy) Front Row: Lucy Merrell (Head Girl, Helen Inman(Deputy Head Girl) Tomorrow is the last day for our fabulous Year 13 students. It is the end of 2 or 7 years at Knights Templar School and I know that for all of them the values and characteristics of KTS will run through their veins for ever! It has been a fabulous two years and we will be celebrating them tomorrow in our Final Leavers Assembly. My best wishes go to all our students for their upcoming exams.

Parents of year 13 students, will be aware that we have a formal leavers event on Friday 15th July. This event starts at 11:30 and all Yr 13 parents, students and grandparents are invited. Our special guest of honour is confirmed as Alex Goode. Alex is a professional Rugby player, plays for Saracens Rugby Club and is regularly picked for England, including their next tour. Alex has been named Aviva Premiership player of the season in an unprecedented hat-trick of awards for Saracens; we look forward to hearing Alex speak.

Please would you confirm with Mrs Merrell (6th form admin) that you would like to attend. The assembly will last about 50 minutes, after which there will be an opportunity for students and parents to spend some time with staff – refreshments will be provided.

I am pleased to report that all our staff (teaching and support staff) have recently undertaken statutory triannual safeguarding training. This ensures that we do our very best to keep your child safe in school.

I do hope that you have a wonderful half term. We wish the Battlefields trip safe travels and look forward to hearing their stories and experiences when they return.

Kind Regards, Tim Litchfield Headteacher

Dates for your diary:

Friday 27.5.

16 School finishes at normal time (3.20pm) School returns on Monday, 6th June

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Buy–A–Brick Gathering Pace.

Lots of families have been donating to our Buy-a-Brick fundraising campaign. Have you bought your brick yet? As of today, we had raised in excess of £950.00! Thank you all so much! This week we are indebted to families such as The Brunings, The Bukys, The Connolly Family, The Dynes, The Goward Family, The Hendricks’, The Luks, The Mance Family, The McCreaths, The Nicholas Family and the Sibley, Sullivan, Taylor and Tomlinson Family to list only a few! We know that all of our families are keen to support this fabulous opportunity to leave their family’s mark on the school forever. Your child’s or family’s name will literally become part of the school’s very fabric! Please support!

Bricks are priced from £25.00. If you would like to buy a brick, or bricks, please download the form and return it to the school. Forms are also available from reception. Look out for next week’s update!

A chance to raise some many towards the New Science Building

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Also…Mobile phone recycling If you have old, unwanted mobile phones lurking at home, get them into school!! We will be acting as recycling centre for them. Any make accepted.

They need to be taken to the IT office where Mr Field has a box for them.

Please remove the sim card and, if possible, any data stored on the phone itself.

Thank you EST Request from the PE department… One of our athletes has mislaid an item of clothing following the Athletics event at Ridlins yesterday evening. Please could parents check at home for a black body warmer, Nike Pro Combat which may have mistakenly been gathered up with other belongings.

Sainsbury’s Vouchers – please keep sending them in to school.

Lost trainers and boots – if you recognised any of the footwear from the photo in last week’s Parental Bulletin please contact us quickly before they go into recycling!

KTS Drama Department’s Summer performance Season We have some incredible performances coming up half- term. Have a look at the list below!

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If you would like to reserve a place for any of the above performances, please email DramaBoxOffice@ktemplar.herts.sch.uk with clear details of your request. All of these performances are FREE, although there will be a collection for charity.

Also, to look forward to next half-term, we have our ‘Pop up Shakespeare’ project and the auditions for the school production of The Wind in the Willows.

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The following information has been sent to us which may be of interest, particularly to Year 11 leavers:

Trainee Accountant George Hay Chartered Accountants Due to continued expansion we are looking to recruit an accounts trainees at our Biggleswade and Letchworth offices.

The successful candidates will be looking to commence a career in accountancy with the aim of studying towards a professional qualification.

Reporting to our Accounts Managers the work would be varied and would include:

· Accounts preparation for Sole-traders, Partnerships and Limited Companies · Audit assignments · Preparation of basic personal and corporate tax computations Applicants should be extremely numerate, have good communication and IT skills and work well as a member of a team. Full training will be given alongside an excellent study package. Candidates should possess or expect to obtain at least 2 ‘A’ levels at grade A – C or have excellent GCSE results.

The position is fulltime.

Applicants should apply in writing addressed to The Partners with a full CV to either:

Brigham House, High Street, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 0LD Unit 1b Focus 4, Fourth Avenue, Letchworth, Hertfordshire SG6 2TU By e-mail: applicants@georgehay.co.uk please specify the position and office you are applying for.

The closing date for applications is: Biggleswade office – 10th June 2016 Letchworth Office – 15th June 2016.

Year Eight Boulogne Trip By Jessica Nightingale On 14th May, the majority of Year Eight took a day trip to Boulogne in France and got to experience many fun activities. It was a great chance to practice speaking French and seeing a different part of the country.

Unfortunately, we had to get to school at 4:50am in order to get the 7:50am Eurotunnel Shuttle. The trip down was great with the excitement of the day ahead buzzing round the coach. Going on the Eurotunnel shuttle was a new experience: into the carriage, parked the coach and we were off en route to Boulogne!

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Next up, we took a stroll around the old city walls and castle, admiring the picturesque view before we headed to the sweet factory.

Once we got to the sweet factory we crowded round the table watching the man mix glucose, water and sugar for the boiled sweets. A few lucky people also got the chance to fill some moulds to make jelly sweets!

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For the boiled sweets, the factory worker made a batch of violet flavoured ones as that is a very popular flavour in France. The man making the sweets had been making them for over 20 years by himself! We got a chance to buy some handmade sweets from their gift shop before we left.

After that we went off to have lunch in the city centre. Some of the daring people tried snails but most just stuck with buying giant cotton candy sticks. The city centre was very beautiful and I loved exploring it.

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We started getting back onto the coach and driving back to the Euro shuttle through border control where we had time to stroll around the big shopping centre at the terminal as well as the hypermarket. Many bought diablos, (a traditional French flavoured syrup mixed with lemonade), and some browsed the classic shops we knew and loved.

After strolling around, our journey in Boulogne had come to an end and we drove onto the Euro shuttle, shared our newly-bought French drinks and snacks and soon arrived in England.

The driver put on the classic film ‘Mean Girls’ which we all enjoyed and laughed at as we travelled back to school arriving at roughly 10pm to be collected by our parents and head home to share the gifts we had bought, tell them about the whole experience, but mostly… to sleep!

Overall the day trip to Boulogne was both educational and fun, a chance to practice speaking French and make many memories!

Library News The CILIP Kate Greenaway Awards 2016 The CILIP Kate Greenaway Award is the UK's oldest and most prestigious children's book award, selected annually by school librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people. Often described by authors and illustrators as 'the one they want to win' - they are the gold standard in children's literature. Its successful Shadowing scheme engages thousands of children and young people in reading the books on the shortlist every year. Established in 1955 and named after the popular nineteenth century artist known for her fine children's illustrations and designs, previous winners include Raymond Briggs, Helen Oxenbury, Shirley Hughes, Lauren Child, Anthony Browne, Quentin Blake and Emily Gravett.

The library works closely with our English Department, and the Kate Greenaway Award allows us to connect with our Year 7 pupils in a much more direct way. This year Mrs Curtis and her class will be exploring the titles, discussing the illustrations and reviewing content. The experience will conclude with a visit from Year 6 pupils from Ashwell Primary School, who will meet our Year 7’s and discuss their findings before finally voting for their favorite picture book. It’s always interesting to see how our voting compares with the national results.

If you would like to learn more about the scheme it is supported by a wonderful website. The site lists all of the books nominated, includes video clips from the illustrators and ideas on lesson plans and other reading schemes.

http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk Year 10 GCSE Business Studies The students have their mock exams later in June and we are able to provide them with revision cards.

These are based around the whole of the syllabus and will not just be useful for their year 10 mocks but also for their actual exams in year 11. The cards also have page links to their revision guides and cost £3 for both the exam units. If you wish your son/daughter to purchase a set the easiest way to pay is on wisepay or to see Mr Vallier/Ms Brando with a cheque.

Thank you for your support so far with the summer National Citizen Service (NCS) campaign. There are over 4,500 students already signed up across Essex and Hertfordshire alone and over 80,000 nationally for Summer 2016. The Knights Templar school has 43 students. Would you be interested?

There is currently a refer a friend incentive being promoted, whereby any students signed up to the programme can refer another student and they both receive a £20 Amazon voucher. Time is running out – book now if you want to secure a place!

Ingeus NCS Grease is the Word!

Laura Gregory was awarded a NOSCA back in November for her performance of Rizzo in Grease for best Actress from The National Operatic Drama Association. She has now been awarded best young actress overall for the East by NODA, and her theatre company Arcadians won best Production for Grease. The fellow KTS students Dan Barnicott and Rebecca Wray were also involved in the production.

Governor Profile.

Alan Church Community Governor.

Chair of Premises, Health & Safety Committee.

Member of Finance & General Purposes Committee.

Link Governor to IT Dept and Library.

I have been a Governor at Knights Templar School since 2003 and at a local Primary School since 1993. Both my sons attended both schools in the seventies & eighties. Prior to retirement I worked in Local Government in the capacity of an internal consultant advising on Management & Personnel issues. My work / governor experience enables me to offer a business approach to school issues balanced with an understanding of the educational aspects. As Chair of PH&S Committee I have played a significant role in the tasks of developing and maintaining the school's buildings some of the results of which can be seen in the new 6th Form block and Science block currently under construction. Hopefully these new buildings will be joined in the future by a new Arts block. I find being a school governor both challenging and satisfying which brings with it the rewards of working with an enthusiastic group of teachers and students.

Thursday 26th May 2016

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Once again, exam season is upon us. This is the most stressful time of year for any student, as these few weeks determine an unreasonable proportion of our futures.

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